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The Monthly Wash VII

Summer was, no surprise, VERY busy and September is already off to Florida for the winter.  There has been a lot of adventuring and lot of writing since our last Wash!  Here’s a little recap of our annual summer retreat and the first entry from a new series, Playwright on the Run, featuring reports from our playwrights as they go off into the world spreading their seeds of creativity.  Our first report comes from LRR playwright and co-founder Natalie Wilson.  We, of course, as always start our wash with some fabu LRR playwright events and projects you should be checking out!


FROM LATHER RINSE REPEAT | CREATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA

What’s a hashtag? Do you need one? Can you reach out to theaters and gatekeepers via social media? Should you?

These questions and many more–ranging from the most basic to the more high level–will be discussed in depth at this fun workshop on social media and the creative artist. We’ll also focus on best practices and examples of playwrights who have built new relationships online and raised the visibility of their work.

Full line-up to be announced so check our website for event and ticket details.

October 22 , 7:30pm to 9:30pm | THE SHOP at CAP21 | $20 (includes light refreshments)


FROM JEN BROWNE | SEARCHING FOR SEBALD w/ DECONSTRUCTIVE THEATRE PROJECT

Some of you may recall that when not chillin’ with LRR Jen Browne is off working as an ensemble member with Deconstructive Theatre Project.  Their most recent venture Searching for Sebald is in process ahead of an in process showing at Gowanus Art +  Production.  More below.

Inspired by the writings of “memory’s Einstein” W.G. Sebald and the developmental theories of neuroscientist Semir Zeki, Searching for Sebald is at once a live performance, a documentary film, a road movie, and a ghost story that meanders from the thinly populated countrysides of the English North Sea coast to the densely overlapping landscapes of the human mind. The production is the second in The Deconstructive Theatre Project’s series of live cinema projects exploring relationships between live performance, neuroscience, and interactive technology.

Gowanus Art + Production presents two preview performances of Searching for Sebald

October 21 & 22, 2015. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

More about SEARCHING FOR SEBALD


SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENTS

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We already know our playwrights are industrious little writing bees but here’s just a little more proof!
LRR member Amanda Keating has just been accepted into EST’s Youngblood family and joins fellow LRR member Mariah MacCarthy.

Gina Femia, Matt Barbot, and Jen Browne are all following in Jeremy Wine’s footsteps as they join Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab Class of 2016.  Their joined by a slew of amazing playwrights and we can’t wait to see what the year brings.


PLAYWRIGHTS PICK-NIC:  A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF OUR ANNUAL SUMMER RETREAT

This summer’s retreat was a stay-cation but we still spent plenty of time out doors.  Day one we opted to leave our computers at home and with notebooks and pens in hand headed to Central Park for a literal picnic and a bunch of fun writing prompts and activities, all centered around picking.

Highlights of the weekend include: writing prompt scavenger hunt, group story telling with a frisbee, and getting a whole lot or writing done.


PLAWRIGHT ON THE RUN: IN TRANSIT | REPORT WRITTEN NATALIE WILSON

I was IN TRANSIT to work on my play IN TRANSIT!

My short play, IN TRANSIT, was chosen for the New Play Development Workshop in Montreal this August. IN TRANSIT was a play I originally wrote for the Lather Rinse Repeat short works program in May 2014: NOW BOARDING J/K! #FML #DELAYED. It’s wonderful that this little piece born out of a LRR collaboration is having a life beyond!

This New Play Development Workshop was the first time I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Montreal, or of getting to travel somewhere to work on one of my plays. I wove it in to a grand vacation, riding my motorcycle up to Montreal through Vermont (route 100 is the perfect motorcycle road), then continuing on from Montreal — my husband having joined me at the end of the festival — to travel west through Ontario, down through Michigan, and back east across Ohio, Pennsylvania, and home. 2,800 miles all told! It was incredible.

But back to the play… The workshop was hosted by ATHE, the Association for Theater in Higher Education. Who knew such an amazing organization existed? An association for the college professors who shape, encourage, and inspire upcoming young theater artists. I met so many lovely, passionate people there, who are in it not for the glory but for the love of the art and passing that on. I love that the association places such a huge priority on the development of new works as part of their annual conference — not only do they do the new play workshop, they also have an award for a full length play, which receives a prize and a rehearsed reading at the conference as well.

For the workshop, I was teamed up with a director, dramaturg, scenographer, and two wonderful actresses to work on my piece. The organizer of the workshop, Judith Royer, handpicked the teams months in advance, doing her best to match personalities and working styles. She nailed it for me. I received great input on the script from the director and dramaturg a couple of months in advance, allowing me time to do rewrites before arriving in Montreal. Then once in Montreal, adding the input of the actors and seeing how things worked, I was able to further shape the piece over the 4 days before the final performance. It is a rare opportunity, I think, to get to have that kind of input and time to work on a short play. While a short play will never make a playwright famous, there are a lot of great opportunities to participate in festivals and get your name out there, so having a well-crafted short play will be (I hope!) a great asset.

The final performance of the workshop included feedback from Gary Garrison (Executive Director of Creative Affairs at the Dramatists Guild) and David Crespy (playwright and professor of playwriting at the University of Missouri). Their feedback on IN TRANSIT was very positive and constructive, so I now have a few more tweaks to put in the play before I start sending it out hither and yon to more festivals. I hope this little play will get to travel to even more cities than New York and Montreal.

 

 

Monthly Wash Issue IV

We’re just a week or so out from our first ever full-length festival Soap Gets in Your Eyes and yet LRR playwrights still find time to do OTHER projects.  It’s crazy we know!


FROM TIM ERRICKSON | LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS 

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

 

Mr. Errickson is not only an LRR playwright but he’s ALSO the Artistic Director of Boomerang Theatre Company and they’ve got a killer show in Lickspittles, Buttonholers and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens.  We’ve got the details and a sød (sweet!) discount below, hope to see you there!

Three extraneous Danish court officials: a professional loud mouth (the buttonholer), a kiss ass for hire (the lickspittle) and a successful dastard (the go-between) are tossed out of court just as Denmark’s merchant fleet becomes of strategic importance in the Napoleonic war. The three men journey to France and meet Napoleon’s top lickspittle, buttonholer and go-between, their female counterparts. Plots abound, flying machines are destroyed and the head of Marie Antoinette is discovered during the madcap struggle to save Copenhagen from British howitzers. The main characters speak in rhyming Alexandrine verse, while a host of supporting characters converse in sestinas, haiku, free verse, limericks and sonnets. In a rhyming, metered world, the offbeat rules.

Stay up to date on show news and check out some HIGHLY enjoyable production shots on Boomerang’s blog: Boomerangtheatre.wordpress.com

Tickets are $25 but Lather Rinse Repeat readers save $10 when using code Boom2015 to purchase tickets. Get yours NOW!

 May 1st-May 17th, 2015 | Teatro Circulo, 64 E 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

Follow Boomerang Theatre Company on Twitter! @boomerangtheatr


FROM ISAAC RATHBONE | DEB & JOAN AT PULP GULP w/ PULP STAGE

Pulp Gulp Pulp Stage

Ike first presented Deb & Joan at LRR’s second night of short works, Mistakes Were Made, and we’re really pleased to see it out and about, in fact it’s pretty far from home, all the way in Portland, Oregon with Pulp Stage and their series Pulp Gulp.

Pulp Gulp: Actors. Dialogue. Forbidden love amongst aliens, robots…and nerds.

60 minutes of riveting science fiction and fantasy storytelling through dialogue. Featuring “Deb & Joan” about an android who falls in love with her research scientist.

To see the full line-up visit Stage Pulp’s website by clicking right….HERE.

You can also give them a follow at any of these local social media sites, Facebook: ThePulpStage Twitter: @ThePulpStage.

Seating starts at 7:30pm and their’s a suggested donation of $5-$10 but we know Ike’s show is worth at least $10, so if you go, go with a tenner.

May 8th, 8pm | Sip D’vine 7829 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219


FROM MARIAH MACCARTHY| UNTIL SHE CLAWS HER WAY OUT

Marathon Lockup blu gry-04 (1)It’s marathon season, at least at Ensemble Studio Theatre.  Word on the street is that this year, EST received a whopping 1,078 submissions for the 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays and somehow narrowed it down to 14 plays.  One of those plays is Until She Claws Her Way Out by our own Mariah MacCarthy.  Until She Claws Her Way Out is directed and choreographed by Sidney Erik Wright and will run in Series A.

The marathon begins on May 13th and runs, (get it, runs) until June 27.
The full line-up for Series A, B and C as well as specific performance dates and times, ticket prices, the whole shebang really, can be found at the usual spot and by that we mean the EST WEBSITE!

FROM LATHER RINSE REPEAT | SOAP GETS IN YOUR EYES

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Join Lather Rinse Repeat: A Playwrights Collective for their inaugural festival of new works.   Featuring readings of 11 new plays!   We have alot, ALOT,  in the great plays and performances for you from May 10-May 20.  All of the details are below.  Make sure to reserve your seats ASAP as seating for every reading is LIMITED!  Reservations can be made HERE
KICK-OFF TOAST
Join us Sunday, May 10, at 1pm for a celebratory toast as we dive into our first ever full length festival!  Reservations for any of the scheduled shows earns you a Mimosa!

FULL PLAY DETAILS

Hags, Mopes, and the End of All Existence
Written by Jen Browne
Directed by Tasha Gordon-Solmon
Sunday, May 10, 130pm

Hags and Mopes have been married for as long as they can remember and they’ve had just about enough of each other so maybe it’s not such a bad thing there’s a comet making its way straight towards them, the blizzard of the century isn’t letting up, or that the cow and the goats have moved to Florida because the end is near.

Princess Clara of Loisaida
Written by Matt Barbot
Directed by Melissa Crespo
Sunday, May 10, 4pm

With Mamá gone and Papá out of commission, José is in charge of his video-game obsessed little sister Clara. When José finds out the fairy tales he’s been telling his little sister, Clara, might be true – that she’s not really his sister, that her parents found her by the fairy-castle in Central Park with a note pinned to her blanket – he is forced to fight a magical battle for her destiny.

Honors Students; or, The Avenging of Kruppcake
Written by Mariah MacCarthy
Directed by Christina Roussos
Sunday, May 10, 7pm

Kora and Minnie are best friends. And honors students. And are plotting something involving a lot of money and a little blood. When their volatile relationship is threatened by Minnie’s friendship with awkward YouTube sensation Megan, all bets are off. In the tradition of Heathers and The Virgin Suicides, Honors Students asks one question: Who will survive?

Go That Way
Written by Amanda Keating
Directed by Molly Clifford
Monday, May 11, 730pm

In the wake of their mother’s death, three estranged siblings take to the road with their best hometown pal in search of their even more estranged father. As they drive across America, eating McDonalds, sleeping in motels, and playing tunes on the boom box (the stereo is broken, of course), they sift through the shit that’s piled up between them over the years. When they get to where they’re going, it’s not what they expected, but hey. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Chub
Written by Isaac Rathbone
Directed by Linda S. Nelson
Tuesday, May 12, 730pm

Gary and Jill buy their two-year old a hand puppet for his birthday. At first, it’s the best present ever. But then the puppet develops an odor that threatens to destroy their marriage. A satirical look at the darker side of parenting.

Posted
Written by Brandon Marianne Lee
Directed by Sara Lyons
Sunday, May 17, 1pm

Waking up believing she is Emily Post, overnight Catherine goes from hot mess to corporate revolutionary. If manners are a form of respect, perhaps a delusion of grandeur could be a hammer that breaks a glass ceiling.

The Good Girl’s Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder: One Body at a Time
Written by Mila Golubov
Directed by Daniella Caggiano
Sunday, May 17, 4pm

An eager newbie joins an absurd advertising agency and quickly learns that to make it as a woman in a man’s world she needs to grow a pair. Except those times when she needs to show some leg. Except those other times when she plays the saint or the slut or the repentant sinner or the willing chump. After some not so subliminal advertising, awkward sex sessions and unnecessary bloodshed, will good girl go over to the dark side?

Proximity
Written by Jeremy Wine
Directed by Kel Haney
Sunday, May 17,7pm

Munderton, an underground inventor on the forefront of the early days of drone research, has been repeating unauthorized experiments out of Nikola Tesla’s confiscated notebooks.  Pressured by the leading diplomat negotiating peace in Yugoslavia, she is caught between helping end the war, repairing Tesla’s legacy, and Kevin, the sandwich delivery guy.

The Innkeeper
Written by Natalie Wilson
Directed by Josh Hecht
Monday, May 18, 730pm

A young woman expects to die; an old woman expects to live forever. A mystical inn has different ideas.

The Violet Sisters
Written by Gina Femia
Directed by Ivey Lowe
Tuesday, May 19, 730pm

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Pam comes home to attend her father’s funeral.  When she arrives, she is greeted by an angry sister, a dilapidated house and a past that she can’t escape.  The Violet Sisters is a play about forgiving when you cannot bring yourself to forget.

Almost Free
Written by Tim Duncheon
Directed by Kyle Metzger
Wednesday, May 20, 730pm

Philadelphia, 1793: In the middle of a deadly epidemic, a man named Nathaniel dreams of becoming a doctor. The problem? He’s a slave. Worse, his owners won’t free him until he unravels a major political conspiracy — a dangerous task requiring disguises, a trip to meet George Washington, and just a bit of treason. What wouldn’t you do to be free?

All readings take place at Shetler Studios 244 W. 54th Street, 12fl, New York, NY 10019.  You can find us in Shetler 1.

CLOSING PARTY!

Join us after the final performance to celebrate with the directors, the actors, and of course the playwrights!

We’ll obviously be celebrating after every reading so come meet up with us at Characters, our official festival sponsor, to chat about what you saw and buy all of us starving artists a well deserved beverage.

See there was zero exaggeration when we said May was gonna get busy.  We’re pretty excited about all of these delectable theater offerings and hope you’ll join us for one, two, or really ALL of them, we want you at all of them, if we’re being honest, you should mark them all in your calendar and be there, okay see you soon.

 

 

TRIPLE CROWN ROUND-UP ROYALE

TRIPLE CROWN ROUND-UP ROYALE

Welcome to the first ever TRIPLE CROWN ROUND-UP ROYALE, that’s three round-ups, representing three new plays and their respective playwrights, PLUS the playwrights in the field that brought us all the tantalizing tidbits.  There you go, a TRIPLE CROWN ROUND-UP ROYALE.

April 7

ALMOST FREE by Tim Duncheon with reporting by Isaac Rathbone

George W.

George W.

Tim Duncheon brought us new pages from his play Almost Free which will be presented IN FULL on May 20th to close out the Soap Gets In Your Eyes reading play festival. Admission to these readings aren’t “almost free,” they’re COMPLETELY FREE! Anyway, Tim’s play is a hilarious farce about colonial medicine, American history and slavery.  It’s an edgy look at how much American race relations really haven’t changed in over 200 years. We all secretly wished that Tim was our “cool” college history professor. Maybe next cycle, he can start wearing corduroy blazers with elbow patches and say things like, “Don’t call me Professor Duncheon. You can call me Tim.”

Some highlights of the night included:

  1. Tim D cannot tell a lie: George Washington owned slaves. Think about that the next time you throw down a dollar bill at a restaurant or strip club.
  2. The play is set in Philadelphia during a yellow fever epidemic in 1793. Treatments included bloodlettings and eating bark. Pssh. Thanks, Obamacare.
  3. Like Tim’s other plays, Almost Free featured a “man of mystery.” #wherearethewomen?
  4. Ike ordered a BLT from Mikey’s and again they made a mistake and he received a burger instead. Thanks, Obamacare.
  5. We had no feedback discussions regarding real estate. Nothing. The evening felt incomplete.
  6. One of the characters signed the Declaration of Independence. What have your character’s done lately?

April 14

POSTED by Brandon Marianne Lee with reporting by Matt Barbot

Emily Post

Emily Post

Whee!

This go-round we had the beginnings of a brand new play by our resident fantasy football fanatic femme fatale (that’s alliteration, for you English majors) Brandon Marianne Lee!

Posted is Brandon’s new play about the doldrums of the hyper-masculine corporate banking world, with all the fat jokes and casual sexism that it entails. Who better to shake things up than early twentieth century author and expert in etiquette Emily Post? (No one better, is the answer, in case you were wondering.

THINGS WE LEARNED

  1. In Brandon’s play, the company’s Lactation Room serves as a male-free refuge for the women to congregate and plot. In reality, they’re usually pretty bland and poorly decorated. We lamented that something as cool and important as a room devoted entirely to lactation could be treated as an afterthought. For shame!
  2. Brandon’s character Octavia is based on an actual living person named Octavia with whom Brandon works. Don’t worry, though! Octavia knows she’s being transmogrified into a fictional character, and will probably be at the reading! Come on out to meet the fake Octavia and the real Octavia and see if you can tell which is which!
  3. We had a minor disagreement about whether Brandon’s character Catherine had been possessed by the spirit of Emily Post, was pretending, or had experienced an emotional break. There were only minor injuries.

Come to the reading of Posted on Sunday, May 17th, at 1:00PM, but remember your manners and be on your best behavior.

April 21

HAGS, MOPES, AND THE END OF ALL EXISTENCE by Jen Browne with reporting by Amanda Keating

Chickens in a bathtub.

Chickens in a bathtub.

Last week, Jen Browne brought us the beautiful, strange story of Mopes and Hags, two folks long past their prime who, as they await the imminent destruction of the world and their accompanying demise, find an unexpected gift of biblical proportions on their doorstep. Mopes and Hags unknowingly contemplate the great questions of existence, all while gazing into the eyes of their former selves and keeping their family of chickens (yes, chickens) out of weather-related-harm’s way.

Things we learned?

  1. In the event of an earthquake, make sure the chickens are in the bathtub. …or is it a tornado?
  2. Some humans are sexually attracted to comets.
  3. What’s so bad about a hiccup: “They never amount to anything they just disappear and then everybody’s glad they’re gone.”

Like what you hear? Well you can hear it all if you come to the reading of Hags, Mopes, and the End of All Existence at 1:30PM on May 10. Just come! This play is beautiful and also very funny.

April 28….

Wow, wow, wow, let’s not get ahead of ourselves…Tonight we hear Natalie Wilson’s festival offering The Innkeeper and then that’s right it’s ALMOST FESTIVAL TIME!

SOAP GETS IN YOUR EYES: a festival of new plays runs May 10 through May 20 at Shetler Studios.  The full schedule and details can be found HERE.

Soap Gets In Your Eyes

See you there!!

The Monthly Wash Issue III Early Edition

Lather Rinse Repeat has a lot in the works this spring. In fact there’s SO much coming up in the next few months we wanted to give you the heads up on some April events asap and throw a last minute March must see your way!

FROM TIM ERRICKSON |MARCH NY MADNESS w/ NY MADNESS

We haven’t conducted any scientific studies but we think Tim E. here might be one of the busiest playwrights in the whole darn collective. We don’t know where he finds the time to do everything he does but we’re sure glad he finds it.  This month NY Madness has put together a fierce line-up of artists to create another evening of new plays based on a theme selected by Featured Guest Playwright, Winter Miller!  The line-up of course features our very own Tim Errickson and a whole slew of amazing writers.  Playwrights have a week and plays are presented hot off the press, fully staged, script in hand.  Full details below, don’t miss it!

Featured Guest Playwright for March
WINTER MILLER

The line-up of playwrights for March:
Micheline Auger
Cecilia Copeland*
Tim Errickson
Tanya Everett
Cara Jane Francis
David Hilder
Judith Leora*
*denotes NY Madness company member

Tickets are FREE but reservations are a must.  Reserve HERE

And remember ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN A MADNESS!

 Sunday March 29, 8pm | Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014

 

 

FROM JEN BROWNE | THE DIABOLICAL STARFISH at DIXON PLACECharley 2

The Diabolial Starfish explores the isolated life of Charlie.  Her distrust of the outside world binds her to her apartment, where days are spent juggling excuses not to leave, and chatting with a shower cap named Charley, along with a swirl of other mythological loners.  This is the first collaboration between playwright Jen Browne, performer Stacey Raymond, and director Tasha Gordon-Solmon. The show actually began as a monologue originally commissioned by CapsLock Theatre, aka LRR playwright Mariah MacCarthy, and was featured in Pussyfest III – The Reckoning.

The reading will take place in the lounge at Dixon Place.  Tickets are FREE and seats are first come first served!

There will also be booze, so come early and stay late!

More info HERE

Friday, April 17, 7pm | Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002

 

 

FROM JEREMY WINE | APRIL NY MADNESS W/ NY MADNESS

Just when you’re recovering from March the madness continues in April with the last event of Season 5.  This months featured playwright is Tony Glazer and LRR playwright Jeremy Wine joins the ranks of what will surely be another fantastic program of playwrights and new plays!

Visit New York Madness for the final line-up, location and reservation details!

Sunday, April 19th, 8:00pm

 

That’s it for now but, seriously, we have a LOT waiting in the wings so be sure to finds us on Twitter and Facebook.  We’re looking to get to a 1,000 followers so get out there and like and follow and share and all of those good feeling things we do out in social media land.

Here are our details, look us up!

Twitter: @LRRplays

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lrrit

In case you missed it…check out playwright Tim Duncheon’s thoughts for a new LRR logo….not too shabby Tim.

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Weekly Round Up-March 10

Playwright Jeremy Wine

Playwright Jeremy Wine

LRR lathered it up once again on March 10th with the latest installation of Jeremy Wine’s play PROXIMITY. An obsessive female scientist, a charmingly adorable sandwich delivery guy, the ghost (or is it?) of Nikola Tesla and the actual Richard Hoolbrooke find themselves in a deep-secret military lab in Dayton, Ohio in 1995 — all with the end game of stopping the nefarious Slobadan Milosevic. Is this a play or a way cool new Showtime series?

I learned many things while listening to Jeremy’s witty and wise words — delivered beautifully by repeat offenders Carson Lee and Jeremy Halpern (plus our own Amanda Keating):
  1. Gorgonzola isn’t just a kind of cheese. It’s also a video game. Apparently a cool one with a weird moral twist.
  2. Nikola Tesla was from Yugoslavia. And he would probably have a strong opinion about the Bosnian conflict of the mid-90s.
  3. Reclusive female scientists are indubitably more dramatically interesting than male scientists.
  4. Sandwich delivery guys can be remarkably charming. (At least when Jeremy writes them.)
  5. Roast beef and ham sandwiches are a thing. (At least in Jeremy’s play.)
  6. If you need to get rid of Gina, just talk about politics.
  7. Jen B can’t wait for watermelon and feta.
We all can’t wait to hear what happens next when Jeremy brings this back for our May play festival, Soap Gets In Your Eyes!
Thanks to Natalie Wilson for bringing us this fabulous Weekly Round-Up!
LRR is taking this week off but all will return to normal next Tuesday when newest member Matt Barbot steps up to the plate for the first time!
Hope everybody has a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!